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keep. ignoring. the post. office. to your facebook news feed. happy wednesday world i'm abby martin and this is breaking the set heads up everyone the f.a.a. has just announced the very first commercial drone license for unmanned flights over american soil so what lucky corporation was granted such an unprecedented license none other than my favorite oil giant an earth polluter the p s b p's unmanned flights will be taking place over alaska's prove obey some of those priests are nuts on the planet you know just the type of place that b.p. loves to cover and leak petroleum to help b.p. had its third oil spill in the alaskan hundred just last month and now it's flying drones over the area to monitor the pipeline see congress in the act they didn't
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even planned issue commercial drone licenses to private entities until september of two thousand and fifteen in order to ensure safety rules of the industry but i guess that just wasn't soon enough for b.p. and now congress will be forced to rush regulations to prevent midair collisions with regular aircrafts which is a real concern considering how it's happened on several occasions i'm sorry holes happened on several occasions already thankfully but of course b.p. doesn't have to worry about all that so they bureaucratic stuff because the u.s. government's far more concerned with just letting it have its drones surely it can have anything new to attack but b.p. will be flying in the scan eagle drones both of which are built by boeing which happens to be america's second largest defense contractor or the fact that the company spent over eight million dollars lobbying congress last year according to open secrets either way there are countless private companies salivating at the opportunity to get their hands on their very own drones which by the looks of it is just over the horizon but let's just hope congress steps up to the plate put some
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rules in place before skies are littered with b.p.'s flying robots. the leader of the terror a really very hard to tell the truth. when he had her back when the terror threat there really. was. the to. lead. the league.
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and the us illicit drug addiction as a rising epidemic a court of the national institute of drug abuse in two thousand and twelve nearly twenty four million americans aged twelve or older had used or abused illicit drug in the past month and since one thousand nine hundred eighty the number of deaths in the us attributed to drug overdoses has risen over five hundred forty percent according to department of health and human services indeed the statistics are sharing shocking that the medical field largely ignores what one physician says that the main driver behind them according to dr gabe or ma today the focus on genetics rather than environmental factors as the cause of addiction is leading the medical community astray his latest book in the realm of hungry ghosts close encounters with addiction explores the roots of addiction and calls for a more compassionate approach toward the addict dr marc they joined me earlier to discuss his groundbreaking work and i began by asking him what led him to this controversial conclusion. to the general idea that if their genes are genetic which
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is the government idea still in medical practice it's really based on force and interest of good. interpretation of the data it's also based on ignoring the actual evidence when you talk to people who are addicted to sex or food or drugs or. alcohol or shopping or whatever it is and you ask them what does this behavior do for you and bill tell you that it gives you a sense of relief from pain it's a momentary escape from the stress it gives in peace of mind temporarily. it helps to give you more contact with other people it makes you more confident you know the words that it is just looking for some very normal human states there was a study done by the end deanna university school of medicine about genetic predisposition to alcoholism and they claim that a group of eleven genes can successfully predict whether or not an individual is at an increased risk and if this has been confirmed by some other studies and how do you interpret the findings of genes like that well i'll grant you that there may be
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increased risk for understanding is that the risk is not the same as a pre-determination so a predisposition is not the same as a few determination no there is just because you have the gene it doesn't mean you will have the condition and still depends on what happens to you and we know from other studies that if human children have some of these genes if they were brought up in the richer homes they would sort of think so it's still the environment triggers the genes we have this whole new science of epigenetics now that shows her genes are turned on and off by the environment and i asked him a question and he cites this whole emphasis on genes is totally misplaced because well she knew about genes nothing so the real question is what makes genes active or inactive and that. to answer that question we have to look at the environment and the imam and the sun even going to about something we can do something about we can't do anything about the genes that people are so the whole genetic argument is
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a cop out from looking at reality and let's look at the economic system in which we live as well what is it about capitalism specifically that you say is making a sec. well if you look at that question from the point of view of addiction say i call isn't. there always been in the west in the western world beginning in ancient greece there's always been drinking in fact they were spiritual practice is based on alcohol as you know and i and he she and writes in ancient greece and elsewhere were heavily dependent on call but that doesn't mean i was one cause. because the mizzen mast phenomena did not arise until the rise of capitalism in anyone in eighteen century and the cause of it wasn't the alcohol because that was always available because it was the dislocation of people from the lance the forced exit of people from the country second to the cities the separation of families the breakdown of clan tribe community village family and
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then the you know the economic. hardship that people on the ground he's dislocation then gave rise to the massive need for escape and for distraction and hence they are cause so that there's a huge connection between the social system and their behavior of the individuals and you know that social system and what do you think is so wrong with the social system that we have right now in our current society that that's causing this kind of accidental increase and addiction. but i mean whether you think it's wrong or not depends on one of you i can only point out that. addictions are always an attempt to escape from stress that's really all these are in fact the more stressed people are the more difficult it is going to be able we all know that if you get an eating problem when is it exactly that you can go home and study so. it's when
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you're stressed and when do people relapse into they could be eight years it's around their stress now and loss of control over your life and conflict so the more you create the situation socially for people but there's uncertainty plus. information loss of control insecurity stress the more the b.b.c. can see so it's rather predictable so insofar as the system creates those conditions which is increasingly for a lot of people you can see more of the actions not to mention of course the specific case of people who are in trauma i mean again the basic issue in severe addiction is always trauma and you can look at what happens to soldiers for example who come back from afghanistan or iraq with force medic stress disorder they've been huge dictionary because the addiction is a way of them temporarily soothing their p.p.s. the symptoms so they're more stressed and traumatized people are more likely they are going to. sell so you can be
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a bit which vary on food very often it will substances sometimes will not be something this is something that will be gambling or sex or shopping documenting according to the centers for disease control more than ten thousand american toddlers eight to three years old i mean medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder eighty eight why do you think there's been such an exponential rise in diagnosis of this specific disease in america especially in such on children. yes now it is the which is the subject on one of my books of the american title which is scattered and i've been diagnosed with it myself by the way some intimately familiar with it is not a genetic disease like everybody says it is if it was we wouldn't be seeing this mass the rise in genes don't change in a publish and it kind of fifteen or thirty the hallmark of the city. because to tuning out is not an easy but actually is is a protection against threats so when you are very stressed and you can't change the situation escape from it and what do you do your brain tumor so the question is why
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somebody gets to know they do not because their parents are stressed but the emotional states of the parents are translated it into the budget collectively of the child's brain so when a lot of parents are stretched economically and otherwise when children are growing up with less extended family clan neighborhood support and the transfer more isolated it sometimes seems like parents under a time of stress and he's at the kids are stressed and the only way the kids brain can deal with it is to tune out and then we die because of it is massive social stress and the solution is not to medicate the skins it's just absurd that there are thousands of kids in states on the age of three that are actually being medicated it's i mean it's a crime so i have these actual document they work at the portland hotel that treats addicts and also to supporter of a project to open north america's first supervise injection site i wanted to talk about the benefits of such a program as well as things like needle exchanges. well i retired from
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medical work not too busy traveling internationally speaking continue writing and you but i did work for fourteen years for the problems with our society which is he said anybody can have to serve in the car or go to a population of vancouver and there would be an open north america's only super injection site which is a place where people can bring their egos to the fear of being arrested or given clean needles. to clean their skins and inject under supervision the idea being that if you don't use puddle water from the back alleys you'll just store of water if you don't use share in doing it but cleaning it out of your list like you're on like that you're not going to pass on the infection to somebody else or get it from somebody who was like a child or. or have it dated say you or many other scenes and you're also less blatant. but that will give you a brain abscess or an abscess of your spine so as i'm going to auction we reduce
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you no harm from addiction and it shouldn't be a life saving measure in a measure that sees how the dollar is significantly in a measure that makes human life much more. livable for these going down trodden and traumatized people. that was dr gaber maté author of in the realm of hungry ghosts . and you guys stick around talking about the twentieth anniversary of one of most disgusting lee sensationalize criminal cases in recent history. are you like me you want your comedy news with some t want your comedy news to be a bare fisted no holds barred fight to the dead. like a truth vampire fighting into the necks of the corporate elite the billionaire freaks while they're going. well that's what you get with my new show project of the night.
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for the slum washington well it's a miss the old trees being to ask the left is among the many candidates prophesied current issues actually back to and doesn't do too much for ad revenue my own tech agriculture giant piece on a seventy six year old american farmer based in indiana how much fallout do you think this is going to create for the cia and do you think this is what's triggering a great america is the largest economy in the world it's also the largest debtor nation in the history of the world breaking a set is mostly about alternatives to the status quo one might give real alternatives points to working for the american dream the next they were just trying to survive it's time for americans and lawmakers are forced to wake up and start talking about the real causes of poverty.
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if you're a frequent viewer of the show you know that i often cover anniversaries of major friends throughout american history i mainly do this because the corporate media rarely touches controversial story fans in order to give us a better understanding of the present but this week i was extremely pleased to see the m.s.m. all over one of most important anniversaries of the twentieth century. this week marks two decades since the double murder which led to the trial and acquittal of o.j. simpson simpson is now in prison for another crime but for many his fall from grace began twenty years ago this thursday i'll body in a river of blood nuclear blown simpson that's right over o.j. simpson. the bodies butcher whatever o'jays ex-wife.
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slash stabbed everything else cole was nearly decapitated if you watch the o.j. simpson case unfold and i did as a t.v. reporter for the c.b.s. in l.a. it's a moment in time you could never forget. yes we will never forget the white ford bronco ill fitting glove and unrelenting o.j. media circus thanks to you see over the course of this week the m.s.m. is running no less than three several hour long special on the twentieth anniversary of the simpson case c n n's future ran last night called o.j. is a wild ride twenty years after the chase and disease dateline debuts its two hour special tomorrow called the people versus o.j. simpson what the jury never heard and not to be outdone fox news grad of ancestry is hosting her very own special recapping her claim to fame as one of the primary reporters who dissected every outrageous johnnie cochran outburst during the trial of the century yes because just in case you didn't get enough force that tabloid celebrity murder fodder the first time around here's your chance to really. have
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the good old days when our biggest problem was a psychotic football player that got away with murder so while the corporate media continues to read traumatize nicole simpson and ron goldman's families what incredibly important story is being missed on a huge victory for polluters the supreme court voted seven two in favor of a company called c.t.s. it's allegedly responsible for the mass release of toxic chemicals in the city of asheville north carolina c c.t.'s shut down its electronics plant in nashville back in one thousand nine hundred seven but according to north carolina state statute a company is no longer liable for its actions ten years after its initial contamination the problem is that the toxic release of c.t.'s is chemicals were discovered until one thousand nine hundred nine two years after that ten year window expired today and several residents living near the site suffered from everything from thyroid disorders to brain tumors and just this year thirteen
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people living near the contaminated area were urged to evacuate by the e.p.a. after it found unsafe levels of the carcinogenic chemical t.c. in in the air perhaps most disturbingly is that the department of justice actually filed an amethyst brief in support of c.t.'s his argument now considering that federal law states that the statute of limitations for the company is liability starts when the contamination is discovered the d.o.j. support for c.t.'s makes zero sense so why would the obama administration argue on behalf of this criminally negligent company or because from the one nine hundred fifty s. all the way up until the mid one nine hundred eighty s. chemicals were released from a dry cleaning facility into the drinking water at the u.s. marine corps base camp late june in camp late june just happens to be located in north carolina as a result many marines and other personnel at the base developed cancer and other serious sicknesses leading obama to sign
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a bill in two thousand. well the provided medical care for those affected except that bill provided absolutely no monetary compensation for the victims which is why the d.o.j. specifically cited in the amica brief the fact that there was put on going litigation against the us concerning the issue translation seven hundred fifty thousand potential victims that can play june will never be compensated by the government and that's the real reason why the d.o.j. support of the toxic company c.t.'s to cover their own behinds. so essentially what the supreme court and the department of justice just ensured is that if you're a company that releases cancer causing chemicals into the environment and cover up your actions for ten years then you're in the clear but hey at least we can sleep at night knowing that there's no statute of limitations for covering a true any year old a celebrity murder case. last
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week oregon man an oregon man filed a federal lawsuit against the government for a two thousand and twelve police brutality incident that left him in the need of back surgery according to plaintiff jermaine robinson he was biking there as home when two cops pulled him over for bike violations then proceeded to throw him off the bike beat and taser him now robinson who's an african-american is also requesting that the city police department institutes a new policy against racial profiling and rightfully so because racial profiling when it comes to policing is hardly confined to oregon according the national criminal justice reference service twenty five percent of police officers have witnessed fellow officers harassing a citizen most likely because of their race fifty two percent agree that it's not unusual for a police officer to turn a blind eye to improper conduct by other officers and forty nine percent feel that the only way a criminal would receive punishment was to punish the end. jewel himself so here to
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discuss the institutional reasons behind the statistics as well as his new film on police brutality called black and blue i'm joined now by filmmaker ellen avery thank you so much for coming on don't. so before we get in your latest work you made the film loose change it's probably the most viral online documentary ever made i mean how is that insane experience change you as a person and a filmmaker drastically and unexpectedly you know it's funny that i'm here in d.c. ten years after i was living here finalizing loose change and i really had no way of anticipating how big it was going to be how drastically it was going to change my life how many people would reach out to me and just how much was going to happen so insanely able to insanely change my life you know really briefly what do you think about kind of the movement being hijacked by kind of this everything is a conspiracy and everything is a false flag now you know that's one of the reasons i had to walk away in about two thousand well two thousand and six is when it started you know you had the whole
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planes at the world trade center nonsense and all that so really it really kind of came to a head two thousand and six two thousand and seven and it was over the following couple of years of i realized i just you know you say that you're for nine eleven truth and you could mean that you're for a new investigation into the attacks but then they'll think you know whoever you're talking about or you think that no plane so sandy hook didn't happen right yeah actually i know you did and i mean everything so i called you know what i think is a government cover up i mean twenty four hours in before we even have any information it's automatically been declared as one thing or another so it's a dangerous situation we find ourselves in it is still and i think we're on the same page in a lot of ways and i think what people are most upset about including me is that you this political amazing filmmaker took such a long break from making political commentary but you're back baby you're back you're making this film about police brutality you what initially made you want to tackle this huge subject well you know i had been i've been somewhat following the issue for a long time you know when oscar grant happened i was up at a lot of the protests up in oakland but it didn't really start to seem like
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something that i should pursue or tack. until i moved to los angeles you know coming from upstate new york my experiences with the police had generally been pretty positive and even traveling across the country you know there are a couple times where it possibly could have been in trouble and i wasn't so it was quite a shock to me to move to los angeles and you know one night i'm walking my dog past midnight and before i know it i'm being interrogated by a los angeles deputy sheriff because i don't have my id and i'm like dude my house is right there like i can literally walk and get my id is like no get in the back of my car we're going to get to the bottom of this so it was a real eye opener for me and if it wasn't for the fact that i had my dog with me i probably would've gotten a little bit more mouthy with them but i've seen what cops do to dogs right and i'm sitting in the back of my cop car and i'm seeing this cop like walk up to my dog and i'm just like oh please just don't let anything go and that was a real eye opener to me because it went from we no longer protected we feel intimidated we feel scared we wonder you know is going to be the next oscar grant am i going to be the next whoever you know choose your example and that's the thing
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is there are so many examples now of injustice and police brutality and it's not just it's not just beatings you know it's not just shootings it's botched investigations it's money doing all the talking when someone's innocent son is killed by his best friend things like that like it's across the board the whole justice system right now is back so you're seeing a lot of the systemic kind of institutionalized things as your investigations unfold and you've been talking to victims victims' families across the country don another aspect of police brutality is the war machines stockpiling in local and state police forces i mean according the pentagon's own data since two thousand and six precincts across the u.s. have been given four hundred thirty two and wrapped machines i mean these these these are like giant tanks one hundred thirty three aircrafts over ninety four thousand machine guns four hundred thirty five other armored vehicles whatever that means i mean having the militarization of police has to do with the increased levels of force that we're seen very much so they're intrinsically tied i mean fargo north dakota has a tank now and i mean when i think terrorist attacks i don't thing. fargo north
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dakota you know you've got these guys they're overseas they're in afghanistan they're iraq they're in legitimate war zones and then they come back to america and then they become police officers so they spend all day every day being shot at being threatened fearing for their life etc and then they come home and then they're given a badge and a gun and they're told to go out into the streets and they they bring that mentality back home with them so i think that the militarization of the police is a big facet of why we find ourselves faced with the problem that we have now you know a few months ago i spoke to ray lewis he was a police commissioner for philadelphia and he became an occupy activist actually and he said that police agencies actually vet candidates who are the most sociopathic and the lacking empathy i mean it's just amazing to hear this coming from someone as high up as he was i mean you think that there's a systematic effort here from the top down institutional this kind of brutality you know absolutely there was a headline that was going around a while ago where you know someone tried to become
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a cop and i told them all i'm sorry your i.q. is too high you know and that's the thing is like what kind of person wants to both follow orders and then in force the orders that they're given on to other people like it takes a certain like i don't see you or me becoming a police officer i don't i don't see any of these cops getting off the job and going home and playing their guitar you know there is which isn't to say that all cops are bad which is really the kind of paradigm that i'm trying to make sure i make clear from the start with this is this is not an anti police film it is an anti police brutality and injustice film so if you are a good cop you've got nothing to worry about but if you're a bad cop then you might wind up in my film. why do you think this is bill and i feel like compared to other especially european countries i guess america just has such what's become an epidemic now of this brutality what is it about this country i don't know i you know i think the past decade a lot of things in this country have changed i mean before september eleventh there was no t.s.a. there was no department of homeland security border patrol was handled by border patrol by the department of homeland security you have seen. an increase of
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a war machine that was already there and already existed i mean smedley butler was you know very clear on the. white eisenhower you know warn us about the military industrial complex except now that has seeped into our local police departments. so it's it's really hard to try and point to one particular thing and say this is the cause and i don't even know if i'm going to be able to do it in the film but you know we we have a serious situation on our hands and i think that there's a lot of facets that play into it you're right i think it really is the military mind children of the empire having kind of is this moral authority or policing the world why not over police our communities as well you know i just read the statistic here a whopping eight times more likely to be killed by a cop and a terrorist don't i mean considering this insane statistic why do you think congress and people are kind of actively trying to combat this problem i think that's exactly why and you know the one i filed a complaint with the lieutenant after that happened with a deputy sheriff what do you think the lieutenant said to me well because of
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september eleventh we have to be a lot more vigilant and yet since that three thousand innocent people died on september eleventh and since nine eleven more american citizens have been killed by police officers than died on september eleventh that is a big problem you know these guys are supposed to protect and to serve not to cool or coerce intimidate and act as judge jury and executioner and bill and we have about thirty seconds left where can people go to find more about your project and support your work right now i have a website registered that there has been a website right now so if you go to facebook black and blue movie look it up i'm looking for stories i'm looking for music i'm looking for lots of things so this is a very early stage in the process and it's nice to get on and talk about it before things get really crazy all thank you so much for doing it putting attention to such a serious as you do and i cannot wait to see the film thanks so much for coming on and really regretted it. that's our show you guys join me again tomorrow when i break the set all over again.
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